Turner Construction Co., New York City, is looking to put $333 million back on its books after it won a bid protest regarding a new 745,000-sq-ft hospital planned for Fort Benning, Ga. On Aug. 5 the Army Corps of Engineers reinstated the design-build contract, which was terminated in March because of organizational conflict-of-interest charges. The move follows a July 8 federal claims court ruling that agreed with Turner’s appeal of a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision against the firm. The concerns centered on Turner’s design partner Ellerbe Becket, Minneapolis. The firms began pursuing the hospital project in 2008 and
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.